Snoring, aside from the annoying noise, can sometimes be an indication of a more serious condition. To understand why this might be the case, let’s break down what happens in your body when you snore.
When you’re asleep, the muscles that work to maintain an open airway while you’re awake relax. The noise from snoring comes from tissues vibrating as your breath passes through your airway.
Snoring could be a sign of an obstruction to your airway. Obstructive Sleep Apnea, or OSA, is a serious condition in which the air passage gets blocked off which can cause a person to stop breathing. This can occur up to several times per night.
When the airway is blocked, the brain can no longer receive the oxygen it needs to function. OSA may elevate the risk of a heart attack or stroke while sleeping. It also prevents people from spending adequate time in the deep restorative sleep phase of their sleep cycle.
Dr. Robert L. Owens of the Sleep Disorders Research Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston states that “most people who snore don’t have obstructive sleep apnea, but most people who have apnea snore.” Just because you snore does not necessarily mean you have OSA, but it does mean that you may want to be mindful that you may be susceptible to it.
The standard rule with snoring is that if it’s loud enough to keep your partner awake in bed, then you should take action. If you’re worried that it may be indicative of an underlying condition, the first step would be to set up a consultation with a sleep professional. Premier Dental Club offers complimentary consultations to evaluate sleep issues. It is highly recommended to seek professional help if you are experiencing any other common symptoms of sleep apnea like:
Premier Dental Club offers comfortable and convenient solutions for sleep apnea that help you sleep through the night and wake up feeling rested.
A common treatment method for OSA is a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine. This machine requires patients to wear a bulky facemask attached by tubes to an electric device that facilitates proper airflow during sleep.
While CPAP machines are effective, they are cumbersome and impractical. It is difficult to travel with them, they are hard to clean and maintain, and it is often hard to find a comfortable sleeping position while wearing the mask.
Instead, Premier Dental Club offers an FDA-approved device reminiscent of a mouthguard used for contact sports.
Each oral appliance is personalized for the patient and aims to keep the jaw in a forward position during sleep. This allows the airway to remain open and facilitates proper breathing. These oral pieces are small, portable, silent, comfortable, and highly effective.
Seeking help for sleep apnea can produce a variety of benefits:
If you or a loved one is experiencing sleep-related issues like snoring, contact us today for a free consultation.